Issue of November 16, 2014

Baguio Day Anniversary Issue
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Legal basis for special region
set-up queried

The legality of the proposed drafting of an executive order seeking to establish a special region for the Cordillera is expected to be challenged since Executive Order 220 cannot be replaced by a transitory EO from Malacañang.

ALMOST HEAVEN — Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts commune with nature as they enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of places seen from the summit of Mount Pulag in Kabayan, Benguet at 2,922 meters above sea level. Benguet, which is host to world-class tourism destinations and celebrating it 114th founding anniversary this month, is ready to compete in eco-tourism aspect of the ASEAN integrations that will be in full-swing next year -- Harley Palangchao

Bontoc folk call for justice over MPSPC student’s death
The country’s electric cooperatives (ECs) were urged to participate in the Energy department’s Interruptible Load Program (ILP) to help ease the shortage of power supply next year.

Residents led by students held an indignation rally in Bontoc, Mountain Province to call for justice over the death of a college student several hours after he was arrestezd by a group of policemen on Nov. 4.


Efforts to protect and preserve the Busol Forest Reserve gained ground with a P10 million allocation from the city government.

Benguet is upbeat it will reach one million visitors a year with the all-out promotion and infrastructure support its eco-tourism potentials are getting.
EARLY SANTA CLAUS -- Benguet Gov. Nestor Fongwan and a man dressed in Santa Claus along with ranking officials of SM Supermalls give gifts to children of a selected school, including some kids, who were part of the opening of the Christmas centerpiece of SM City Baguio over the weekend.
-- Harley Palangchao
BUILDING DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS -- An amiable La Trinidad Mayor Edna Tabanda toured Adam Levene, deputy chief of mission of the Embassy of Israel, and his party to the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post last week while the two officials talked on possible exchange programs especially on agriculture. Also joining the diplomat is Film Development Council of the Philippines Executive Director Ted Granados. -- Art Tibaldo
STEWARDS -- Students of Saint Louis University, Balay Sofia, and Phases Learning Center and miners from various companies plant trees at the Baguio Centennial and Botanical Garden formally opening the  61st Annual National Mine Safety and Environment conference of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association, which Baguio has been hosting for three years now. Close to 100 indigenous and endemic tree saplings were planted during the activity.
-- Redjie Cawis
LITTLE SCHOOL NURSES -- Trained health scouts from the Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School (standing) were presented by UNFPA Assistant Country Rep. Rena Dona, Gov. Leonard Mayaen, UNFPA Philippines Rep. Klaus Beck, and Provincial Health Officer Penelope Domogo following their impressive demonstrations of their skills such as taking of blood pressure, rendering first-aid, and peer counseling. -- Alpine Killa
BIG WINNERS  -- The synchronized search for Miss Campus Queen and Miss Gay University organized by Sonny T. Productions-Lakambini ng Pilipinas, Inc. were successfully held at the Baguio Convention Center over the weekend with Kelly Parsons aka Jackie Rice (left top photo) winning the Miss Campus Queen crown while Paul Sanglay aka Isabel Daza and Phylbert Modino aka Philbert Angelie Garcia were named 2nd and 1st runners-up, respectively. The Miss Gay University title was won by Leo Bulayungan aka Alexis Valenciano (center-bottom photo), who is flanked by (l-r) 3rd runner-up Albert Turalba aka Allie Miranda Turalba, 1st runner-up Santi Layno aka Solen Heusaff, 2nd runner-up Albert Bryant Cuilan aka Gretchen Barreto, and 4th runner-up Rico Pingul aka Valerie Weignmann.
-- Eliza Consul/Colorworld
AFFORDABLE -- Throngs of people purchase basic commodities and other high-end appliances at affordable prices courtesy of the diskwento caravan organized by the Department of Trade and Industry and its private partners led by TiongSan Department Store. The event also offered a health and wellness clinic, entertainment, and other surprises for consumers. -- Harley Palangchao
ALL SET -- The 65th edition of the SMB Fil-Am Invitational Golf Tournament fires off at the Camp John Hay and Baguio Country Club fairways on Nov. 22 with more than 1,200 par busters from around the world competing in the seniors and regulars of the biggest amateur golf league in the world.
-- Harley Palangchao

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